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New cam­paign to kit out pa­tient rooms

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Judith Ton­ner

St An­drew’s Hos­pice has launched the lat­est el­e­ment of its ap­peal to raise funds for its re­build­ing project, the new Room by Room cam­paign.

It has com­piled a shop­ping list of items needed for each of the 21 new sin­gle rooms and trio of three- bed­ded rooms be­ing cre­ated at the hos­pice through its cur­rent ma­jor re­con­struc­tion and ren­o­va­tion.

Items range from £80 chairs for vis­i­tors via wash hand basins at £418 and stor­age for med­i­cal equip­ment and pa­tient pos­ses­sions at £1701, up to £12,532 for a sooth­ing hy­drother­apy bath.

Con­struct­ing each sin­gle en suite room will cost £55,000 while kit­ting it out will add a fur­ther £10,000. The three-bed rooms will have con­struc­tion costs of £132,000 and a fit-out price of £30,000.

Room by Room forms part of the hos­pice’s £ 9 mil­lion cap­i­tal ap­peal to com­pletely re­con­fig­ure its 30- year- old build­ing at Hen­der­son Street, pro­vid­ing up­grades through­out, in­clud­ing gar­den ac­cess for all pa­tients.

It was launched at the hos­pice site last week, at­tended by politi­cians and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of lo­cal busi­nesses, who also saw work on dis­play in the art ex­hi­bi­tion cur­rently tak­ing place to boost the fundrais­ing ap­peal.

Those at­tend­ing heard about the lat­est project from ap­peal chair­man Gil­bert Cox, the for­mer lord lieu­tenant of La­nark­shire, who is from Chapel­hall, and saw a new pro­mo­tional video on the theme of ‘Pre­cious Moments’.

Cap­i­tal ap­peal di­rec­tor Karen McFadyen said: “Room by Room gives peo­ple who wish to sup­port the hos­pice’s mod­erni­sa­tion an op­por­tu­nity to raise money for a par­tic­u­lar item on our shop­ping list.

“Al­ter­na­tively they can get to­gether with oth­ers and raise money for the con­struc­tion of a room.

“This is about more than bricks and mor­tar. It’s about cre­at­ing a fa­cil­ity to en­joy pre­cious moments with loved ones to­day, to­mor­row and be­yond.

“By break­ing it down we hope our Room by Room cam­paign will in­spire lots more peo­ple to get in­volved and we’re de­lighted with all the sup­port the ap­peal has re­ceived from every­one so far.”

The cap­i­tal ap­peal was launched a year ago and reached the £5m mark in May. Work at the hos­pice build­ing has been tak­ing place since Fe­bru­ary, with pa­tients be­ing de­canted to Wester Mof­fat Hospi­tal in Air­drie.

Hos­pice of­fi­cials said: “Fresh, mod­ern de­sign with flex­i­ble heat­ing and bet­ter light­ing are key as­pects.

“All rooms will have more nat­u­ral light and pa­tio doors, giv­ing ac­cess to gar­den ar­eas, and our cen­tral court­yard gar­den will also be im­proved.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Bruce High told the Ad­ver­tiser at last year’s cap­i­tal ap­peal launch that the new-look hos­pice will be “night and day” com­pared to the cur­rent build­ing, say­ing: “The hos­pice pro­vides ex­cel­lent care but we don’t have the en­vi­ron­ment to match that. We look af­ter far more pa­tients now than in 1986 and in the past few years there have been sig­nif­i­cant changes in how care is de­liv­ered.”

For more de­tails or to do­nate visit www. st- an­drews- hos­pice. com/ fundrais­ing/ cap­i­tal-ap­peal/room-by-room.

Vi­sion A new artist’s im­pres­sion of a sin­gle room af­ter ren­o­va­tion

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